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European Perspectives on Transformation Theory

  • Ted Fleming
  • Alexis Kokkos
  • Fergal Finnegan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alexis Kokkos, Ted Fleming, Fergal Finnegan
    Pages 1-6
  3. Reviewing and Expanding the Theory

  4. Connecting Theory with Educational Practice

  5. Transformative Learning in Organizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Loretta Fabbri, Elisabetta Di Benedetto
      Pages 225-240
    3. Alexis Kokkos, Fergal Finnegan, Ted Fleming
      Pages 255-260
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-265

About this book


This book offers a concise and comprehensive exploration of the theory of transformative learning by European researchers. Exploring Mezirow’s theory of transformative learning as a ‘living theory’, the editors and contributors ask whether there a uniquely European perspective on this theory that reflects Europe’s traditions and contexts. What is the nature of that perspective, and how is it similar or different to those espoused in the USA? This book outlines how the theory of transformative learning has been developed by European researchers, and how it has built upon, critiqued, and enriched the Transformation Theory proposed by Mezirow. Consequently, this volume outlines new theoretical perspectives for the future evolution of transformative learning and explores theoretical perspectives that can be put into practice in a range of fields. This wide-ranging volume will be of interest and value to all those interested in transformative learning theory.


Transformative Learning Jack Mezirow Axel Honneth Transformative ELT Professional development Transformative learning in Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Ted Fleming
    • 1
  • Alexis Kokkos
    • 2
  • Fergal Finnegan
    • 3
  1. 1.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Hellenic Open UniversityAthensGreece
  3. 3.The Department of Adult and Community EducationMaynooth UniversityMaynoothIreland

About the editors

Ted Fleming is Adjunct Associate Professor of Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. Formerly Head of Department and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Maynooth University, Ireland, his research interests include non-traditional students in higher education and critical theory.
Alexis Kokkos is Professor of Adult Education at Hellenic Open University, Greece, and Chairman of the Hellenic Adult Education Association. He is also a co-convenor of ESREA’s European network Interrogating Transformative Processes in Learning and Education. 
Fergal Finnegan is Lecturer at the Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University, Ireland. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Transformative Education and co-convenes the ESREA network Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning.

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